Jennifer K. Lewis
“It Shall Come to Pass That MY Burden Will Be Taken Off My Shoulders and The Yoke Will Be Destroyed Because of My Anointing Growth.” Isaiah 10:27
Several years ago, I found myself becoming another statistic. The ‘surreal world’ I beckoned and thought I was building, came crashing down and faded into the hazy, black abyss forming a lengthy void in my life.
Fortunately, I had taken the initiative to speak with my Pastor and gotten an invaluable referral to a non-denominational group for people who found themselves in those beginning f-u-n days of separation or the recently divorced.
For sure, this non-denominational referral was part of God’s plan as he was positioning the ‘broken-parts’ to be used as stepping-stones in his anointed, jewel-lined path he created just for me! Actually, I was lucky, huh!!
Then, a close sister-in-Christ, told me about another non-denominational home for destitute, mistreated ladies. How could I know God was assembling another building block for me? This home was another answer to petition providing a strong foundation for me to keep growing in my new life of freedom.
There were about ten ladies attending this ‘home’. Our six-hour daily schedule included a variety of classes to help us enrich, and empower ourselves. One of the classes required reading and studying the book, The Purpose Driven Life. I learned a Lot about myself in this tome and I had developed a thirsty heart to share that love and, hopefully, embolden and inspire another.
I had maintained a life of little socialization stemming from shame and unease in the public mainstream. So, unfortunately, I had grown semi-comfortable just remaining in my uneasy shell.
“Many People Will Praise God Because You Obey The Good News … And Because You Freely Share With Them And With All Others.” II Cor 9:12
Unplanned events would open my eyes and give me an opportunity to encourage another dejected, hurting soul to realize he Does have a ‘purpose’ in this life.
It was a very c-o-l-d night in January. Fluffy great white flakes now blanketed our city, quieting everything to a whispered lullaby. But the piercing cold didn’t stop robust football fanatics from getting-out to enjoy the Super-Bowl.
My relentless friends insisted on going somewhere to watch this event on a big-screen T.V. We chose a local pub as we knew of it’s family-friendly atmosphere.
The place was packed! The only vacant chair was beside some burly-looking guy. So, I zigzagged through the crowd to the seat. I ordered a Sprite and some chips with salsa. (that man had taken a brief ‘break’ to the Gents room).
As soon as he got back, he introduced himself as, Michel B. Michael sighed with a dejected, nervous laugh. Almost instantly, I could feel his downcast persona. (there had been a time when I mirrored his vibe.)
Michael just started talking. (I must have displayed one of those faces that says: open-up to me ~ you’re ‘safe’ here).
Throughout our conversation, it was easy to surmise that Michael was a highly intelligent man. He was questioning just ‘why’ he is here and even his worth! Anyway, after a couple of hours of sharing our common points of view, and general values, I tried to assure Michael that he Does have a Purpose in this life!
The game was over … the Giants had won! But, my attention had not been on the game ~ as this moment had taken precedence.
A couple of days passed, and I kept thinking about Michael’s questioning. I decided to share the wisdom in Purpose Driven Life by giving him a copy. Several days later, Michael called my non-denominational ‘home’ and let me know how much he had appreciated that I had taken an “unplanned” interest in his life.
Growing In Christ, Jen
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Jennifer Kay Lewis